Ballerina Party | HAUL| CRAFTS| TIPS

For her Fifth Birthday, Elise asked for a "Ballerina Party". So like any other party planning crazed mum I took to pinterest and social media for some inspiration. Since I live in the UK, planning and buying things for a ballerina themed party proved quite difficult. Most things seemed to be from America and why I wasn't prepared to pay £30.55 for the delivery of a £3 party banner just because it was a ballerina theme, I had to get creative.

As I've mentioned, pinterest is always my go to site/app when planning any occasion. I stumbled across many colour schemes and ideas for the party. But one that stuck out most to me was a "pink and gold" theme. The soft baby pink and the metallic golds really worked well together. Add some tulle fabrics and ballerina party wands, I had a ballerina party fit for a princess. I had every intention of filming a HAUL video and the party setup but sadly I was unwell in the days leadng up and over the party weekend, so all my energy went in to setting up the party. I did however take as many photopgraghs as possible, so here is how I put together Elises 5th birthday party and where the items are from.

I created these centre pieces using mason jars from HOME BARGAINS costing 99p each. I sprayed them with gold metallic spray paint from Wilkinson's (£3.75) the spray paint was fantastic and dried extremely quickly and covered well so only needed two thin coats.

The wooden wands were from THE WORKS, £1 for two. These too were spray gold. The tulle wands were wooden kebab skewers that I spray gold and glued using a hot glue gun to attach to the fabric.. I purchased my glue gun from THE RANGE for about £6. The tulle fabric were "netted flowers" from THE WORKS and you got 3 in a pack for £1. I purchased two packs. I put them all together in the mason jar to create centre pieces for the table. I tied pink satin ribbon from THE RANGE round each of the jars to add an extra touch of colour.With the third jar I put pink/white roses from ALDI in them to add a floral touch. I felt the colours all complimented each other and it came out better than expected.

The pink and  white striped table cloths were from HOME BARGAINS, 99p. I also used one as a back drop for the photo booth. The basic white ones were from POUNDLAND.

Gold plates were from Tesco. I brought them in the sale after Christmas last year but you can purchase these on ebay. Pink napkins, POUNDLAND. Pink, glittery star wands were from HOME BARGAINS and were 99p for 10! I didn't get a photo but I brought pink and white stripe paper bags that came with a floral sticker, 10 for 99p from HOMEBARGAINS and I used there in the party bags to put the sweets in.

Glass milk bottles were again from HOME BARGAINS, £1.49 for 4. The bottles I have collected over the past year to spread the cost. They are an investment as I can use them at every party. The pink straws were HOME BARGAINS 26 for 99p. I cant recommend HOME BARGAINS enough when it comes to party supplies.

The light box was from THE RANGE costing £14.99. Its something I wanted for a while and again its an investment as I can use it again at future parties and in the home. I already had the kilner dispenser and the stand but the dispenser was from WLKINSONS, its an 8 litre one and cost me £20 last summer and the stand was £4.99 from THE RANGE. These are great at parties because it allows everyone to help themselves.

Pink and Gold paper party bags were from ebay. 12 for around £1.69! The pink and gold happy birthday bunting was from GINGER RAY and was about £7. I actually got this through amazon, but the party company is Ginger Ray. Cake pop stand, 99p from HOME BARGAINS.

Photo booth props were from B&M costing £1.50, they were a real hit at the party. They really enjoyed posing with the different props.

I made jelly cups for desert using pink plastic cups from Tesco (£2 for 20) and gold spoons, which were from ebay for around £1.50 for 20.

We attempted to make a pink ruffle cake for her birthday, and why it didn't turn out as planned, we are pretty impressed with our effort. we watched various tutorials on YouTube so if you time "buttercream ruffle cake" lots will come up.

For the entertainment we once again we hired the fantastic BIBIDI BOBIDI BOO who came as miss sparkle/ballerina Barbie. She played games and gave a dance lesson and the girls loved her. I cant recommend them enough, so if you are from Devon do check them out.

I think just about covers everything. it was a really fun party to plan and I'm already looking for inspiration for next years. I hope this has given you some ideas and inspiration for your children's party. I would love to hear any tips or recommendations for party ware or crafting ideas. Let me know in the comments below. I have also shared my top tips for party planning on my youtube channel.

Thank you for reading.

Natasha x

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